YORK, Maine — Local rocker King Kyote was kicked out of NBC’s “American Song Contest” on Monday night, though he still hopes to return later in the series via a “buyout” vote.
Jon King, a York native who plays King Kyote, said he was disappointed to be leaving the show this week. He performed his original song “Get Out Alive” on the March 28 show, representing the state of Maine.
The show, based on the “Eurovision Song Contest” show and from the same producers as “The Voice”, is looking for the best singer-songwriter in the country, bringing together a representative from each state and territory, as well as Washington, D.C. Other competing artists include Michael Bolton, representing Connecticut, and Macy Gray, representing Ohio.
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King, 33, took on 11 other singers last week in the second of five rounds for the show hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson.
In each round, a singer is selected to advance to the semi-finals by the 56-person jury made up of musical experts. Three others also have the chance to move on based on the combination of jury and fan votes.
“I’m happy for my friends who did it”
King said he was initially selected by the show’s judging panel, made up of industry professionals, to be among the top four artists in his group, which gave him a chance to win a spot in the semis. -show finale. However, when the public vote was announced on Monday, he was no longer in the running.
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King said he is leaving the show with an optimistic view of the show.
He said he was proud to have participated and excited for his new friends heading to the semi-finals.
“I’m thrilled for my friends who made it through,” King said by phone on his way to LAX, where he caught a flight back to Portland from Los Angeles.
A chance for redemption
King said he was grateful for the opportunity to sing on a national stage and was ready to return if he got the call. According to the show, they will bring back two artists who were eliminated in the first round via a buyout vote.
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For now, he said he will be gearing up for a summer of recording and performing, planning tour dates and local shows, including in Portland.
“I just picked it up,” Kyote said. “Back to the grind.”